paulflexes saidThat article explains in full detail why I stopped believing in religion altogether. There's no fucking way in hell I'm gonna worship the same fictional being that's perpetrated hatred toward certain groups of people since the beginning of written history.
PS. I still think religion should be outlawed for that very reason. It promotes hate.
Although I totally respect your right to have your opinion, Paul, I have to emphatically disagree, as I feel that what you wrote oversimplifies the complexity of our reality, and frankly, throws the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.
With or without the Bible, there will always be some sort of justification for why we "hate" certain groups. People hate. People love. It's our choice.
The "us-them" mentality is at the heart of our broken human nature (our "sinfulness"), and the very issue
to which the Bible addresses and calls our attention -- our separation from each other, and ultimately, from God
. By holding up an image for us of to see of our selves in those stories, the Bible calls us to turn toward God/Jesus for the solution in Love and Grace through recognition of Truth through Repentance and Faith. When we miss this, we miss the message altogether.
Furthermore, I feel that your statement(s) does/do not do religion justice as religion can be the very empowering and necessary source and motivation
for very good things as well, from education, humanitarian aid, spiritual growth, comfort, and nourishment, meaning, provision of the moral foundation for human dignity, value and worth, justice for the oppressed/captive/enslaved/outcasts, etc. Failing to recognize these aspects does not encourage a fair assessment.